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Davey Promotes Three Key Employees
The Davey Tree Expert Company promoted Scott Carlin to vice president of asset management services for Davey Resource Group. Twelve years ago, Carlin began as a project developer for Davey Resource Group. Davey also promoted Karen Wise to division manager of midwest natural resource consulting for Davey Resource Group. Wise joined Davey Resource Group in 1997 as a wetland scientist. Doak Marasco has been promoted to manager of strategic partnerships, national business development team, Northeast region at Davey. Marasco has been at Davey for over 12 years working across different divisions.

Ariens Donates Firefighting Atlas JSV to Fox Valley Tech
Ariens Company donated a Gravely Atlas JSV utility vehicle worth $20,000, outfitted for wildland firefighting, to Fox Valley Technical College’s Public Safety Training Center. The vehicle, designed for heavy-duty work, will assist students with trench training, confined space drills and prescribed burn exercises. Nearly $5,000 worth of firefighting accessories were donated by Ariens-owned brand Ben Meadows, and were mounted to the machine before delivery. The Public Safety Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College opened in January 2015, and boasts 75 acres of indoor and outdoor tactical training space for training in law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical services, forensic science and wildland fire. On average, about 45-50 firefighters a year graduate from FVTC. In addition, the college provides customized training for existing professional firefighters.

Arborjet “Taking Root” Scholarship Program Deadline June 30
The deadline for graduating high school seniors to apply for Arborjet’s annual “Taking Root” Scholarship Program is just around the corner — all applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2016. Now in its third year, the scholarship program will award 10 graduating high school seniors each with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue full-time studies in forestry, plant sciences, horticulture, entomology, environmental science or a related major at an accredited two-year or four-year college.

Reminder from MSU that Site & Plant Selection Results in Successful Establishment
The Michigan State University Extension, Departments of Horticulture and Forestry shared information on their blog by Bert Cregg about selecting the right tree and site. Identifying which site factors are most critical for successful plant establishment may not always be clear. Plant performance is related to an array of above-ground and below-ground environmental factors; many of these are discussed in detail in Michigan State University Extension bulletin E2996, “Abiotic Plant Disorders.”

STIHL Now Has Stock in Globe Tools
The STIHL Group has acquired a substantial minority share of the Globe Tools Group– a successful manufacturer of corded and cordless outdoor power tools under their Greenworks brand. This deal will establish a long-term partnership with the Chinese manufacturer of cordless and corded electric power tools. It will also enable STIHL to offer broader range of cordless products for demanding private users in future.

EABs Finally Make Their Way to Texas
The U.S. Forest Service and Texas A&M Forest Service recently trapped four adult beetles in Harrison County, just south of Karnack in northeast Texas. Lab results confirmed those beetles are emerald ash borers, which can kill ash trees within three years of infestation, reports the Houston Chronicle. The beetle is a native to Asia but turned up in the United States in Michigan in 2002. Since then, it has been found in 26 states including Arkansas and Louisiana. Texas officials have been anticipating the beetles’ arrival for years, setting traps across the state to provide an early warning.

Protecting Wisconsin’s ash trees from EAB
On June 8, 12 ash trees at the DNR Park on the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in West Allis, Wisconsin, received environmentally-sound treatments donated by Arborjet to protect them from the invasive Emerald Ash Borer pest, which has destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees to date. Jeff Palmer, Arborjet’s Upper Midwest Regional Technical Manager, returned to the park to continue its decade’s worth of treatment for these trees, in order to preserve and protect them.

Tiny Parasitic Wasps Help Control EAB Populations
Soon after EAB (emerald ash borer) was detected killing ash trees in the United States, scientists began foreign exploration for EAB-specific natural enemies in EAB’s native range. In northeast China, they discovered three natural enemies—tiny parasitic wasps, or “parasitoids.” One of the wasps, Oobius agrili, attacks EAB eggs. The other two, Tetrastichus planipennisi and Spathius agrili, parasitize EAB larvae, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to USDA Forest Service (FS) projections, the response to EAB infestation between 2009 and 2019 could cost up to $10.7 billion. This estimate includes treatment, removal, and replacement of more than 17 million ash trees.

Michigan gets new Growing Degree-Day Maps
One of Michigan State University Enviro-weather’s most used applications, the growing degree-day (GDD) map series, has change formatting with updated maps and new technology. The GDD maps provide current seasonal accumulated degree-day (base 50) totals across the state and departures from normal in terms of GDDs and calendar days.  The first map shows total degree-days (base 50) for a specific date.

CASE Plants 30 Trees with Social Media Campaign
CASE Construction Equipment’s #CASETrees social media event for landscape and nursery businesses resulted in the planting of 30 new trees in Racine, Wisconsin. The trees were planted in three locations: Lockwood Park, Johnson Park and Racine Zoo. Tree selection and planting was conducted in coordination with the Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. Each company that uploaded a photo of its crew to the CASE Facebook page or Instagram before Earth Day (April 22) and used the #CASETrees hashtag had a tree planted in its honor by CASE.

Ontario’s Arbortech Joins Davey Tree
The Davey Tree Expert Company of Canada, Ltd., announced the addition of the customers and employees of Arbortech Professional Tree Care Inc., a Southwestern Ontario-based tree care company that has served area residents for over 20 years. Davey and Arbortech both employ certified arborists, certified horticulturists and licensed pesticide applicators.

STIHL Debuts Battery-Powered Mower
The new STIHL RMA 410 C battery-powered lawn mower is powered by a 36-volt lithium-ion battery. According to the company, the brushless, commercial grade 900-watt electric mower is 50 percent stronger than their previous model, and quieter than gasoline powered mowers. The mower weighs in at 40.1 pounds for easier maneuverability along with a fold-down handle for storage.

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